Good morning all,
The word of the day is “alembic.” Peter's audience consisted of a lot of people who needed the healing hand of God. Although these people had not seen the Messiah, they could be touched and moved to relationship with him. Peter uses the analogy of a precious metal being refined by fire to make it more pure. This was a process that put a lot of stress on that precious metal to get rid of all of the bad stuff.
“These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
~1 Pet 1:7
My question is: are you allowing God to refine you through the fire? Just like with precious metals, when we are refined through the Messiah's fire we have a ton of stress and pressure put on us. That is what it means to be a Christian. The reason stuff hurts so much sometimes is that we choose not to stay the way we are. Every time you want to become better it causes you to go through pain, stress, and other stuff that you would rather not deal with. My prayer this morning is that you embrace the alembic of the refiners fire. He will make you knew again.
Praying for you,